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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. Lying on the coastal strip in the Puri district, the destination is 60 kilometre from the city of Bhubaneswar. This coastal city lies on the golden triangle of Orissa, connecting with Konark and Bhubaneswar.

The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. Honoured with the famous Jagannath shrine, the spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioned along the coast of Bay of Bengal, the city is one of the frequented tourist destinations in India.

All the cities of the triangular axis have well-known pilgrimage venues, exotic landscapes, beaches, historical sites that attract travellers throughout the year. Besides, the destination is a repository of art and architecture of India with testaments dating back to 3rd century B.C. This ancient town has ruins and testaments belonging to the period from 3rd century B.C. to 17th century A.D.

The spiritual city attracts devotees along with tourists from around the world for witnessing attractions like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Atharnala Bridge and Sudarshan Crafts Museum. The city also has the famous Sun Temple of Konark.

One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Car or Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Puri Rath Yatra 2012 starts on 21st June at Jaganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The festival marks the journey of Krishna known as Jaganath in this region, from Gokul to Mathura. Three huge chariots carrying the idols of Jaganath, his brother Balbadra, and his sister Subhadra are pulled along the streets from the Jaganath temple to the temple of Gundicha Mandir. On the ninth day, Rath Yatra is repeated in the opposite direction. Pilgrims and tourists throng to the destination to cherish the international event besides an annual Puri Beach Festival held in the month of November. 

The coastal city gained fame after Chodaganga Deva who built the temple of Purusottama Jagannath after winning a war. Over the years, association with Lord Rama, influenced renaming of city to Purusottama Kshetra, also known as Purusottama Puri, which exists as Puri at present.

Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, the coastal city has emerged as an industrial centre with major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing.

The pleasant weather of the coastal city all round the year makes it an ideal destination for the travellers. With mild summers and cool winters, October to March is considered the best time to visit Puri.  
 

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Joydip Roy
  • Joydip Roy
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
It was an amazing experience in the coastal area of Puri,Orissa. At evening the sunset and the market at Sargadwar was mesmerising. Apart from the beach the temples at Puri are truly a sign of indian heritage. Especially the most worshiped temple of lord Jagannath. We go a little deeper into Orissa into it's capital, Bhubaneswar, and we get to see the Konark temple, Udaigiri & Dhaulgiri, and the Lingaraj temple. Also we have the Nandan Kanan Zoo. So, a trip to Puri,Orissa is a must for every Indian in a lifetime.
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Debabrata Bandyopadhyay
  • Debabrata Bandyopadhyay
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6 Reviews

"There is so much to see at that place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Although travelling from Kolkata to Puri, is recommended by train but if you have a family of 4-5 members, then get one car for the sightseeing. But if there is not enough time for this tour, take flights from Kolkata to Bhubaneswar and back. At bhubaneswar, take one car from the transport office adjacent to Panthaniwas. Visit the Udoygiri, Khaandagiri, Lingaraj temple and Nandankanan National Park. Next day you can visit Chilika Lake, it is of great attraction and the Konark Sun Temple is also amazing. During sunrise, the daytime, the sunset and the night in Puri is certainly quench your thirst. Stay at least for 2 nights and then catch your flight from Bhubaneswar which is an one hour journey by car.
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Piyush Agrawal
  • Piyush Agrawal
  • Lives in Noida
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  • 1 Review

"Unforgottable Journey" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Since childhood I am very fascinated to see new places. The thirst of meeting new people and exploring a world different from our daily routine keeps you questioning- that are we still complete ?

While deciding for our vacation plan, we shortlisted many places in India. However, this time we thought of exploring the new region rather than going in on any traditional Sightseeing places. So we finally drilled down to Puri in Orissa on the Eastern coast of India.

We arrived at Puri railway station around 5 PM in the evening and then directly went to the hotel. Puri as in city is really economical as well as have a beautiful beach. The city has sense of mix air both of religious and a calmness.

We got a beach facing hotel room and that too at a very fair rate. After few hours we went out to enjoy the local food and the best part was the Sweet dal (pulses) along with bhat (Steamed rice). Puri as in city is good for some traditional artifacts shopping, however be cautious about the duplicate items many vendors try to sell.

Bay of Bengal is quite rough, but the beauty of Sunrise makes all the roughness shine. On the 2nd day, we went to famous Jagannath Puri temple. As a Hindu I was always fascinated about the Rath Yatra (that typically happens in August). It is one of the most visited Hindu temples in the world. The temple and its architecture were marvelous. Luckily that evening we got to see a Panda who climbs up to the top of the temple and host a flag (We were told that this tradition is followed from centuries by a Panda family and descendants).

However to be little cautious - That temple allows entry only to Hindu people and descendants. Also, there are lot of Panda's who tries to make quick money by indulging you in any short prayer or similar thing (Beware of them).

On the 3rd day, we hired a taxi and went to Konark sun temple. It took around 2 hours to reach the temple. However the temple compound is huge. This temple was built in 13th Century and is in the form of Chariot. It's dedicated to Hindu god Surya (Sun). It only wonders you as to how could people in 13th Century might have built this gigantic architecture.

Konark also has to offer a serene beauty beach that has white sand and rarely commercialized. You can enjoy quality time here along with your family.

On 4th day, we went to Chilika lake. Its is also around 2 hours from Puri. Chilika lake is one of the biggest backwater lakes in the world. It has many sand dunes in the middle of lake. Take a small boat on rent and go on for a short ride. Our boatman took us to the point in lake, where we got to see dolphins peeping out of water. Also, there were people in another boat who were selling the pearls (those seemed to be actual pearls as they were breaking the shell and pulling the pearl out).

On 4th evening, late night we departed from Puri and it is one of the most memorable journey we had.

Best time to visit - November to February
Best places to go around - Puri temple, Chilika lake, Konark Sun temple
Nearest Airport - Bhubaneswar
Nearest railway station - Puri railway station

This is my first time that I have written a review and all your comments are welcomed.
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Anant Kumar
  • Anant Kumar
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 3 Reviews

"Best religious destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
There are no words to explain the experience I had at puri. Puri is one of the religious place but on the other hand it is romentic also. The jagannath temple & the beach were amazing and are the main tourist attraction in the Puri. At the evening the golden beach of puri looks too attractive and amazing. I suggest that the golden beach must be visited at the time of sunset.
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Sata Micha
  • Sata Micha
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 4 Reviews

"The beach destination with holy temples" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Puri! One of the best holiday place of India. You need not to spend more money at your stay. The food is amazing. View of the beach is very outstanding. You will enjoy the beach with the cool and fresh breeze. not only that it is a holy place and you can also find a jagannath temple and konark temple.
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Ashutosh Gaurav
  • Ashutosh Gaurav
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"A Good religious place with nice beach" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Puri one among the char Dhams is good combination of religious place with beach and offers a great place to enjoy both spirituality and romance at same place. Though a small city to roam but only the plan of visiting all temples can take more than 2 days. One can spend your evening on beach and good for taking bath in the sea. View of sunrise and sunset is very pleasant. You can also plan to take a trip around Konark. Chilka and Bhubaneswar.
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Lulu Lulu
  • Lulu Lulu
  • 1 Review

"The best destination for temple and beach"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri is a holy place of lord Jagannath. There are nice beaches as well. We along with friend visited the place and take much more fun. The temple of lord Jagannath is so attractive and has a spiritual environment. So visit it. Also the budget is affordable for all. Visitors also can visit the nearest nice places.
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Ksn Ranasingh
  • Ksn Ranasingh
  • Lives in Puri
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  • 1 Review

"A place for couples, religious persons and nature lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I just love this place Puri.

The speciality of this place is that Puri is one of the dham between 4 dhams & there are many beautiful places to visit.

Like Konark Sun Temple, Satapada, Jagannath temple and many temples and golden sea beach and the weather of Puri is always good.

The right time to travel Puri is winter and in June/July. Winter because in this season this place weather becomes more romantic which is best for couples. Puri is the best place for photographers, newly married couples for honeymoon, religious person for tirtha and nature and sea lovers. And summer because this time most famous car festival going on.

There are many sightseeing places like Konark Sun Temple, Satapada/Chilika lake, Jagannath Temple, Mata Matha, Puri sea beach, Marine Drive Road, sea view from light house, etc.

The best and most famous food is mahaprasad of Lord Jagannath which is always available inside Jagannath temple and khaja and many bhog of Lord Jagannath. Another most famous food in Puri is "badia dalma and Puri". And some more delicious foods are khera, rabidi, rasabali, chuda kadamba, etc. You can also enjoy sea food at sea beach of Puri like fish fry, prawns, etc.

And for shopping you can buy khadi dress, jhoti and different types of stone murti and sankha, etc. Most visit shops are Grand Centre, Bazar Kolkata, Surya Complex, etc.

Itís a perfect place for natural photography to cultural photography. Enjoyed a lot at sea beach, liked the view of sunrise and sunset. Boating on Chilika Lake and Muhan and watching the dolphins at Chilika. Photo shoot at light house and Konark are most memorable for me. The Marine Drive road is best road to travel on a bike with partner or friends.

If you want to visit Puri, best is go to Puri by train. And if you are a youth and then visit different places in Puri through bike with your partner or friend. So you can enjoy this place fully.

Must carry items are your identity proof, a camera & oil control face wash.
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Sweta Kumari
  • Sweta Kumari
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome place to spend time"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is another Dhaam out of all the 4 Dhaam. You can go there with friends , family or couple. You can go there by Bus and Train in very cheap price. In every 1 Hour there is a bus or a train to Puri. The best part is the Jagannath temple and the Sea Beach. There is no risk in that Beach. That Beach is under observation till 5 pm by the Coast Guard. You are allowed till 5 pm to take bath. The Temple is Open till 9.30 at night. A lot of History is attached with Bhubaneswar and Puri. Bhubaneswar is the Temple City of Odisha. It is also a very nice place to visit. Khandagiri, Udayagiri and Dhauligiri are most important historic place to visit. Awesome weather in Bhubaneswar and Puri. Must go and enjoy .
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Kasi Behera
  • Kasi Behera
  • 1 Review

"Amazing beach and religious place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri is beautiful and famous for the rath yatra of Jaganath. I arrived Puri many times. Many tramples are available in Puri. I arrived with my family. It is the best place according to me. Sea beach is awesome.
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